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Chinatown After Dark

Published 1931
Topics Drama, Mystery, Crime

A female head of a Chinatown crime syndicate will use any lethal means available to acquire a valuable jewel.

Run time 59 min
Producer Ralph M. Like
Production Company Action Pictures Inc.
Audio/Visual sound, black and white


Reviewer: stpt1 - favoritefavoritefavorite - December 3, 2016
Subject: Chinatown After Dark
Lee Fong and Madame Poppy? The names were entertainment enough for me. Flatfoot, broad, bird? How can you go wrong? It's interesting that we didn't find Asian women attractive enough to play leading roles in movies. I enjoyed the atmosphere of this movie.
Reviewer: unclepup - favorite - July 10, 2012
Subject: Academy Award performances
For the actors in this film to say their lines without bursting into laughter must have taken a lot of talent and will power! The key would be that 1931 was a tough Depression year and any job was welcome. Miss Kent always seemed to be having fun even in bottom-of-the-barrel productions.
Reviewer: Carolyn Blake - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 23, 2011
Subject: LIttle Gem Period Piece
Delightful example of a very early, barely post silent B movie. The crackling soundtrack, with no music throughout, broadcasts the actors' thundering feet on the stage floors. Long pauses from inept editing, and dated stereotyping add to this look into cinema, and cultural past. A film like this must be viewed for what it archaic look into the history of movies. It is very easy to see the still powerful influence of silent movie styling. Sit back and have a charming ride. One reviewer complained because the romantic interest was not Chinese, but the dialog between her and the hero clearly explains she was raised by her Chinese adoptive father after her parents died in Shanghai when she was a baby.
Reviewer: picfixer - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 31, 2010
Subject: One From Column A
This one creaks more than my hundred-and-seventy-year-old living room floor. Its attractions are a hokey plot with matching dialog, and performances from the stiff-as-a-board school of acting. An amazingly bad director ties it all together. Yeah, I liked it. If you're in the right frame of mind you'll find enough to laugh at in this undercooked chop suey of a mystery. So add it to the so-bad-it's-good list, ancient archives division, sub-file micro-budget clinkers. FOOTNOTE: Glitches in this marginal print reduce the runtime from 59 to 56 minutes. (You may think this is a blessing.) In any event, the missing 3 minutes don't materially effect the storyline, such as it is. CAST NOTES: You're not likely to recognize the actors - that is with two possible exceptions. A bumbling police detective is played by Billy Gilbert who turned a sneeze into a long and successful Hollywood career. The character Ling Chi is played by the ubiquitous, usually uncredited Willie Fung, who had a career of sorts playing dozens of often nameless Chinese men in more than 125 movies.
Reviewer: Classic_TV_and_Radio_Fan - - November 17, 2008
Subject: Below the standards of the time
Really, it's Below the standards of the time.
Reviewer: rabbitman - - November 17, 2008
Subject: Absolutely Cool. Action Pure!!
No really people
one has to appreciate how the film industry evolved to what it is today.
They where still practically making silent films.
Please, it was 1931
don't compare the storyboard and technique to today's quality.
Reviewer: jimelena - favorite - July 17, 2006
Subject: Yawn
Could be more boring; nah, just joking.
It couldn't.
Could be slower though; well, not really.
Come to think about it, there's nothing I like about this film.
Reviewer: Tamlin - favoritefavorite - September 12, 2005
Subject: never gets started
Not only is the lead character not asian she can't even imitate the asian stereotypes of the day.. Plot concerning dagger with jewels inside is elementary dime novel stuff. Could be pre noir, but actually just poor lighting. Even white imperialist saviors are undeveloped. Makes you almost long for Sax Rohmer/ "Many men bite = but Fu Manchu"
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